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them to while away the darkling hours ERRORS IN NATUP.AL in society together. When the elemeats
HISTORY are disordered, the crackling blaze is tenfold more welcome, and every warm
From the Mechanics' Magazine. ray it emits, is put in contrast with the The stories that there is but one chilliness without.
phenix in the world, which, after many Whatever may be said of the dissipa. hundred years, burns herself, and from tion of Christmas, we thing its recur her ashes rises another ; that the pelican rence is attended with many excellent pierces her breast with her beak, to effects. In a commercial country, like draw blood for the support of her young; England, where the merchant, during that the camelion lives upon air ; that of the entire year, is glued to his desk, and the bird of Paradise, and of the unicorn, wholly intent on his selfish schemes, are all fabulous. It is an error, that his feelings are apt to be frozen over by the scorpion stings itself when surroundthe palsying power of interest. In count. ed by fire, and that music has power ing over his gains, he forgets that others, over persons bitten by it; that the mole connected with him, and his equals in has no eyes, and the elephant no knees ; rank and character, may claim a right to that the hedge-hog is a mischievous share his coffers or his society; and animal, particularly that it sucks cows hence the impulse of avarice too often when they are asleep, and causes their dissevers the links in the chain of the teats to be sore. -It is said, that the family bond, and which go far to injure porcupine shoots out its quills for annoythe strength and durability of the greater ing its enemies, whereas it only sheds chain of society. But when all the mem them annually. The jackall is said to bers of the family once assemble under be the lion's provider, but it has no the same roof -lo commemorate the connexion with the lion.---- The bite of Nativity of Him who came to destroy all the spider is not venomous; it is fictitious distinctions, and to partake also found in Ireland plentifully; has anew of that festive mirth which delighted no dislike to fixing its web on Irisb oak, their early years, there is a mingling of and has no aversion to a toad...----- It is affection, and a re-union of sympathy, an error that bears form their cubs by the effect of which is to render men licking them into shape ; and that storks better when they immerge anew into the will only live in republics and free troubled waters of busy life.
states, The « rose of Jericho," wbich was feigned to flourish every
year about Christmas Eve, is famous in COUNTRY COMFORTS. the annals of credulity; but, like the no
less celebrated “ Glastonbury thorn,” it I've a honse well secur'd from the easterly is only a monkish imposture.
THE STOLEN MUTTON.
With a friend go to ebat,
A Frenchman, who once with hunger was Resolv'd to be busy, and not to stir out,
He tried to conceal the meat ander his vest,
But his coat he neglected to button. Magazines, books, and pamphlets, all put to His coat being short, and the j.int being long, the rout.
Suspicion so quick had arisen,
That constables came in a terrible throng.
The court being set to consider the case,
Found him guilty of stealing the mutton ;
Aud said, for the world they'd not be in his So, tho' hungry and freezing, I can't make a
place, who was prov'd both a rogue and a glutton,
They orderd him flogging, and timed bim When settl'd at last in my snug elbow chair,
beside, I see the snow coming, but cry, " I don't care!"
And the judge such an awful face put on,
That the Frenchman, alarm'd at the sentence, " On, I'm buried alive!"
replied, And a fit of blue devils completes my despair.
"I would much rather pay for de mutlon."
Put Nature's faithful process once begun,
It gainis new strength with each revolving san, Oh! what an unfortunate being am 1! Till its firm stem the raging storm defies,
ROSA. And its bold brauches wave amid the skies!"
The Spirit of the Magazines.
experiensque laborum,” &c.; but merely confine myself to the subject, as far as it
will serve to bestow the just meed of ON M'ADAMISING.
praise to our modern Deucalion, whose
creation has made “the rough By the Author of the Hermit in London, places smooth," and has procured so
many facilities and advantages to the
town and country at large. Our ways Et jussas lapides sua post vestigia mittunt,
are altered ! and it was time they should OVID,
be so; how were our ancestors bumped
and jolted, agitated and contused, WHENEVER I consider the works of knocked about and stunned, by the this justly celebrated son of Adam,* rattling of carriages! how many more which have so contributed to mend our asperities did life present, and still does ways, my scholastic reminiscences pre- present, in those parts of the town sent themselves to my imagination; where the gentle M Adam is unknown! and I indulge amid the Aowers of In the formal days of powder and fable which Ovid so profusely and taste- pomatum, the beau and belle were often fully spread over bis path through in nubibus from the concussion of their life; whieh, bowever, was not free from equipages against the rough pavement; dire vicissitudes, the ordinary portion wbilst the delicate frames of sensitive of genius---may this not be the lot of females, of the aged and infirm, of con
modern Colossus of Roads ! valescents and of effeminale coxcombs, Amongst the many vagaries of my were agonized on their road to an opera, favourite author, after giving his
a concert, or a ball ; even now, the readers an account of chaos, and the curling fluid scarcely preserves the glossy organization of the world, the elements, serpentine twisting and trimmings of the zones, the adorning of the firmament natural or artificial tresses, unless her with stars, the four ages of gold, silver, ladyship is driven over M'Adam's granite brass (which, soit dit en passant, seems carpet; whilst the dandy rival of Shock, to have returned again), and of iron; the curly dog,f appears with locks as after the fictitious account of Jupiter's lank as the tallow-chandler's sign, after convocation of the gods, and an exquisite a drive on the old pavement. What description of the via lactea, † or milky gratitude is due to Mr. M‘Adam from way (in plain English), he proceeds ihese parties ! The author and studious to the fabulous history of the giants, man, the composer of music, or of verses, to the transgressions of mankind, then
even the writer of the teuder perfumed announces the deluge, and lastly, the billet doux, owe great obligation to our “ Homines e lapidibus procreati;”
where-road-making genius ; how easily the by we are informed that the
post-deluvian thundering of numerous vehicles will generation was extracted from the hard drive a deep reflection, a bright thought, inflexible substance, whether of silex, a happy guess, and an impassioned idea, lime-stone, or common pebble, imports from the brain---how is the rounded not; be that as it may, this is giving period lost ; on such an occasion, how the great honour and antiquity to geology; sweet shakr is marred, the cadenza lost, and we may, therefrom, yet cherish hopes the sostenuto drowned and murdered, hy of moving the heart of a stone. I will a jolt upon a rugged stone which vibrates not follow the poet through his whimsical
on the distracted ear! In cheerful conconcetti of the males and females being versation, half the good things of a brought into life, the former by the hand punster, or of a table-wit, may be throwo of Deucalion, and the latter by that of away, or, the thread being cut by the Pyrrha ; nor account for the obdurancy clattering of wheels, be entirely disof times from this origin, proving our figured, or made nonsense of; wbilst worldlies of to-day to be so on that ac
the whisper of Philander may be quite count—" lude genus durum sumus, inaudible in a populous street. Many
accidents too were set down at the • M'Adam, and Adam's Son, are synonymous apothecary's and lucinian practitioner's
+ Nothing can be more sweetly expressed door, which may be diminished, or made thau the following lines :
more easy, by Professor M‘Adam. Nor Est via sublimis cælo manifesta sereno, are the inanimate beings less indebted to Lactea nomen habet, coudore nobilis ipso : Hlac iter est snperis ad mag ni tecta Tonantis,
+ There are curly dogs of divers descriptions Regilemque domuin.
-"A word to the wise."
this gentleman, than the animated ones ; THE TOBACCONIST, the poor quadrupeds, who tramp the street for man's use and pleasure, will With a word or two about Snuff. be on a less painful footing ou the new 0, Oh! says he, I'm up to snuff; pavement, than on the rounded or sharp
It's No.7, I've enough. surfaces, and the harsh inequalities, of
Der Frieschutz Travestie. the common paving stones; whilst that
GREAT names give a sanction to any noble animal, the horse, will feel his poor thing, a kingly head aids the circulashoulders and joints infinitely eased by tion of a couvterfeit, making even a the improved system of road-making. brummagem pass current. With this Lastly, economy is promoted by the feeling, I shall give a sanction to the diminished wear and tear of carriages ; practice of snuff-taking, by quoting the so that the man of money, and the man example of a great man, as it is exof mind, the noble and the trader, the pressed in the “ Annals of Snuffingi:"thus sick and the vigorous, the lover and
Bonaparte was an immense snuff the lazy, livery-stable keeper and horse. taker.” But why do I seek for examples dealer, coachman and modest cabriolet -illustrious examples ---amongst the driver, man and beast, horse and foot, are great? Or rather if I were to count the all benefited by him who has meliorated royal and noble names that have patrotheir lot in the path of life; and I would nised the fashion of snuffing, where vote for a granite column to honour should I stop? him whilst living, and to bear testimony
I remember, (and the remembrance of of his merit, when nothing but the it plumes my pen on this subject just remembrance of him may remain. Having now,) that when a boy, some five and said thus much in commendation of twenty years ago, I was led into all talent and industry, a well-meant remark, manner of speculations, concerning the and disinterested piece of advice, can propriety, the cleanliness, and the de. neither be out of place, nor offensive to lights of snuff-taking. I had an old the public, nor person concerned :---The friend who was so great a devotee to the M'Adamizing system has the advantages nasal divinity---who peppered his nose so of appearance, use, and the favouring of industriously---that he kept his snuff the carrier and the carried, of rational loose and unpapered, and unboxed, in beings, and of cattle; and if generally his right-hand waistcoat pocket. Jolly followed up, will give uniformity and old boy! (for he would make three of grace to the streets; but care and atten, myself in size and I am not over thin,)--tion ought immediately to be applied I think I see you now, with your finger to the execution of the design; every and thumb carrying continual messages thing ought to be weighed which can
from the pocket to the nose from the perfect its carrying into effect; in the
nose to the pocket--and you looked all Operation of which, the weather is not the while as if that choice pocketJwas the least object to be consulted ; the pleased to present its respects to that M‘Adamizing of the streets ought every nose and that jolly red nose sniffed in where to be completed before the approach loud ecstacy, pepper me again! I need of the rainy season ; at, and after that hardly say what a snuffy track there was period, on the consisteney, tenacity, on the right side of the old man's buff firmness, and durability of the materials, waistcoat; or describe the sympathy depend its utility; if the work be done which drew, ever and anon, that sensitive in inclement weather, it will fail, it will
nose to his favourite pocket. blow up, or, to speak more correctly, it
With such a picture of devotedness will disunite, and come to nothing; it will before my eyes, I might well have have to be recommenced, and the work speculated and I did so—first, on the men of the old plan will raise a hue and propriety of taking spuff. Well, cry against it, which will be borne out thought , people have a right to please by its failure to a certain degree; if this themselves, if by so doing they do not be avoided, no doubt can exist that it injure their neighbours : snuffing then, I will extend not only over the surface of continued, is a harmless thing, for if British ground, but be received on the loads his nose with Scotch or rappee, it continent, and lay the corner-stone to works no injury to A or B; and there's Fame, and to a great fortune; which is
no law, that I am aware of, declaring the sincere wish of
it a public nuisance for men to make A BROTHER MASON. dust-boles of their noses. Thus I
settled the first point. Literary Magnet.
Then, secoudly, as to the cleanliness of the practice.
Upon this head I
was obliged to confess that there were I am yet ignorant. It was this same at least two opinions upon every iu- tobacconist, who learnedly insisted that dividual subject, and that cleanliness snuff was the finest auxiliary to friendwas a very loose undefined term: so ship,---or, in other words, that the reci. loose that one might say what was clean, procal interchange of a pinch did more or vice versa, was mere matter of taste to make men acquainted, and on easy and de gustibus non est disputandum; terms with each other, than visiting for and, there fore, I must not be objected a twelvemonth. We Englişhmen, said to for stating that when I visit a friend, my learned manufacturer of snuff
, are who has an old snuffy cook in his house, naturally reserved and distant fellows; I alway decline taking pudding or pie. good in the main, and kindly at the heart; My venerable aunt who makes her spec- but, on a first introduction, require the tacles fairly tremble on her nose when aid of a third person to make us free she deposits the copious pinch (pinch? and social; for which purpose, no one do I call it) within, is quite indignant at so excellent as the friendly face on the the thought of snufting being con lid of the well-filled sanff-box. You are sidered a habit not over cleanly; and I indeed a philosopher, thought I, as he have often heard her skilfully maintain peppered his nose again and again.... lhe contrary position against the parson “Bless your soul, Sir, nothing like it for of her parish; accompauying her speech thinking---it gives birth to a thousand with sundry hints about the unquestion. sharp things, and promotes a thousand able nature of smoking---a practice pleasant ones.” much admired by her Rev. Friend---on
It was only a few days since, that I the unfashionableness of the amusement,
was forcibly reminded of the tobacconist's and on the very few illustrious names philosophy, and constrained to admit the that have given a sanction to it. The kindly influence of snuff. There were Court of King James the Smoker, four of us, who received that most pleashe added, was more disgraced by the sant of all irritations—to my taste at stink of tobacco than by years of misrule. least, (except it be a summons to meet But I come now to the delights of
some of those sweet domestic divinities snuff-taking; and here I must observe, that give grace and peace to our day of that I rather imagine (or take the word life) which was “to eat a plain dinner, of my friends for) the exquisite pleasure and drink a quiet bottle of wine.” A that results from souffing, than offer plain dinner and a quiet bottle! I never any thing of my own, practically speak. refuse such an invitation--and was acing, on the subject. I am told them, by cordingly, in the very best spirit, first at one friend, an old and inveterate snuffer, my friend's on the appointed day. A that he would as soon go without his jocund-looking personage in black, somedinner as his snuff,—aud I verily believe where about forty, came second, and my him; and so would you believe him, friend left us with, “Be ye known to good reader, if you had ever heard the each other, Gentlemen.” A formal acextatic sniff which ushers the fragrant knowledgement of the purpose for which dust up his most sensitive* organ. One
we had met followed, and my pleasantwould certainly swear, that the man who looking companion took out his box;
he indulges in the propensity under our glanced towards me as he opened it, but notice, must find no inconsiderable there was no sympathy between me and pleasure in it; for when do we know
its contents; be marked my indifference children more fond of red cherries, than in an instant, and quietly slipping the our snuffer is of his dust? and how treasure into his pocket, set me down as rarely is it, that we see a moderate nose
a Goth. At the very niche of time, a after it has but few months been cheered third lover of a plain dinner and a quiet with the fragrant smell of “ Prince's bottle came into the room; and scarcely Mixture."
had we recognized each other, when the I once touk upon myself to doubt the jocund gentleman in black again pulled pleasure that resulted from snuffing, out his box, the eyes of the last-arrived in the shop of a celebrated tobacconist; gladdened in a moment, and he instantly I well remember bis look, which he Avurisyed his social casket--3p interaccompanied by a tap on the choicest change of pinches took place, the distance box, and the exclamation of..." There, of a first introduction was forgotten, and Sir, only try that !” His countenance my old friend the tobacconist's philosomantled with exquisite sensations, as he phy was again impressed upon my miud. literally deroured the dust; and from that moment I have been induced to “ Such sympathy in snuffing." confess there may be a pleasure of which
SNITHING • Query “ Sensible,"_Printer's Devi).
THE ESSENCE OF ANECDOTE AND WIT.
The Essence of anecdote and wait. him for it over and over, and at last de
sired that he would change a guinea to
pay it him, because he should want it to MR. CURRAN.
pay for the chair that carried him home. In speaking of a learned Serjeant, The dean, after so much pressing, did at who gave a confused, elaborate, and Jast get change; paid the duke his sixtedious explanation of some point of pence; observed him a little while after law, Curran observed, that whenever leaving the room, and declares that, that grave counsellor endeavoured to (after all the bustle that had been made unfold a principle of law, he put him for his sixpence) the duke actually walkin mind of a fool whom he once saw
ed home, to save the little expence a struggling a whole day to open an oyster chair would have put him to. with a rolling pin.
ANACHRONISM. THE DUKE OF MARLBOROUGH.
During Young's engagement at Bath INCONSISTENT as the Duke of Marl- in the winter of 1820-21, “ Henry Sth" borougb's character may appear to you,
was revived, to exhibit him in the characsaid Mr. Pope, yet it inay be accounted ter of Wolsey. The representative of for, if you gauge his actions hy his reign one of the Bishops, fancying, I suppose, ing passion, which was the love of money.
that suff-taking was a distinguishing He endeavoured at the same time, to be
characteristic of the character he personwell both at Hanover and St. Germains; ater, indulged bis nose freely throughthis surprised you a good deal when I out the play, forgetting that the scene first told you of it; but the plain mean
was laid at a period of nearly fifty years ing of it was only this, that he wanted to
before tobacco ever brought to secure the vast riches which he had England. amassed together, whichever should succeed.
He was calm in the heat of bat. tle; and when he was so near being
FRENCH REVENGE. taken prisoner (in his first campaign) A Frenchiman lately visited London, in Flanders, he was quite unmoved. It and took up his residence with a family is true, he was like to lose his life in in the neighbourhood of Brunswick the one, and his liberty in the other : but Square. A few evenings after his arrival, there was none of his money at stake in he rode on horseback along the New either - This mean passion of that great Road; and, on reaching the Turnpike at man, operated very strongly in him in Battle Bridge, was stopped by the gatethe very beginning of his life, and con- keeper, who demanded from him a toll tinued to the very end of it. One day, of one penny. Monsieur, not compreas he was looking over some papers in his bending the meaning of this exaction, scrutoire with lord Cadogan, be opened remonstrated strongly against it, and one of the little drawers, took out a
for some time refused to submit; but, green purse, and turned some broad at length, finding his etoquence was of pieces out of it. After viewing them no avail, he threw down the penny in a for some time, with a satisfaction that passion, exclaiming vehemently, « Dere appeared very visible in his face; “ Ca is your monie, sare; and, to ponish you, dogan, (said he) observe these pieces I vil not come through your pike again well! ihey deserve to be observed; there dis day!” are just forty of them : 'tis the very first sum I ever got in my life, and I have kept it always unbroken, from that time
LAZINESS REWARDED. to this day.” This shows how early, and ONE day as a Shepherd was lying on how strongly, this passion must have the side of Tinto, basking in the sun been upon him; as another little affair, with his hands in his pockets, the one leg which happened in his last decline, at placed above the other, he was asked by Bath, may serve (among many others) a gentleman the road to Biggar.
Just to show how miserable it continued to haud awa' that way,' replied be, at the the end. He was playing there with same time pointing to it with the toe of Dean Jones at piquet, for sixpence a his uppermost foot. I'll give you balf. game; they played a good while, and a-crown,' said the gentleman, to give me the duke left off when winner of one another as lazy-like answer.' The herd, game; some time after, he desired the then, drawing his hand about half out of dean to pay him his sixpence, the dean his pocket, so as to help the mouth of it said he had no silver, ; the duke asked open, “just put it in there you're wa.".